Big Graphic Stories with Lee Henderson and Hiromi Goto, November 13, 2010

BIG Graphic Stories
Lee Henderson, Hiromi Goto & Sarah Leavitt
Hosted by Charles Demers
8pm-9:30pm, Exhibition Hall
Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver
Join Lee Henderson (The Man Game, Broken Record Technique), Hiromi Goto (Half World, Chorus of Mushrooms) and Sarah Leavitt (Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me) and their words and BIG images for a storybook-style reading of ingenious fabrications of memory, poignant reminiscences and more. Hosted by the activist writer and comedian Charles Demers (Vancouver Special and The Prescription Errors).

Graphic memoir workshop, November 13, 2010

Graphic Memoir: Snapshot Version
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 11am to 1:30pm
Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver

Registration information on Roundhouse website

In this hands-on workshop you’ll create a one-page comic based on a story from your own life. Discover the unique narrative power that comes from combining words and images. This workshop is for writers, artists and storytellers at any level; absolutely no need to be able to draw a realistic muscle-bound superhero. This workshop is presented as part of the Memory Festival. Each participant will receive a one-year subscription to Geist, Canada’s largest-circulation literary magazine.

Vancouver International Writers Festival with Lynda Barry, October 22, 2010

There is no point in trying to be cool about this: I am going to be reading with my idol, Lynda Barry. This is blowing my mind, as Marlys might say. The event is hosted by the wonderful Nancy Lee.

Comic Book Confidential

Host: Nancy Lee
Fri, Oct 22, 10:00am – 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre
$17 / $8.50 for student groups

Who would have thought that the comic book – usually the preserve ofsuper-heroes and evil villains – could be used to explore family life and the deepest secret thoughts of teenagers? Lynda Barry is one of the great contemporary cartoon masters and her young comic book characters run the gamut from Marlys (gifted and exuberant) to Maybonne (concerned with social justice and music) to Freddie (fascinated with bugs and monsters). Sarah Leavitt‘s new graphic memoir, Tangles, reveals how Alzheimer’s disease transformed her mother Midge – and her family – forever. These talented writers and artists use words and pictures not to escape reality, but to bring it into focus and offer insight into how to deal with what life throws at us.

Edmonton LitFest: October 23 + 24, 2010

I’ll be doing two events at the Edmonton LitFest Nonfiction Festival:

The Writer’s Jam at noon on October 23:
Sarah Leavitt talks about the process of combining illustration and text without crowding either to the margin.  This session is perfect for writers, illustrators and those who love them.

A Brunch of Writers at 11:00 AM on October 24:
What do you get when you gather a “bread expert” and food columnist, a geopolitical expert on the environment, and a graphic novelist and illustrator?  Stories of personal tragedy, delight and courage combine with live music and an elegant brunch buffet at the Sutton Place Grande Hotel.

Word Under the Street, Vancouver, September 26, 2010

Come see me at Word Under the Street, the comics section of The Word on the Street Festival, in the basement of the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch. I’ll be selling comics (small dog romances, creatures), fridge magnets (Why Editors Have No Friends, Small Dog Haiku), mugs (brand new!) and signed copies of Tangles. My dad might be there with me!

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